General Assembly Resolution # 160
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Civil Rights
Proposed by: Christian Democrats
The General Assembly,
Realizing the importance of marriage in many societies,
Respecting the various cultural and religious customs surrounding marriage,
Recognizing that many, if not most, marriages are intended to be lifelong unions,
Believing therefore that no person should be coerced to marry,
1. Defines forced marriage, for the purposes of this resolution, as the contractual or covenantal union of persons without the informed consent of every person being joined or a similar nonconsensual or coerced union of persons;
2. Prohibits forced marriage;
3. Forbids member states and their political subdivisions from enforcing or providing legal recognition to forced marriages performed in other countries;
4. Requires each member state to offer to annul all forced marriages of people in its jurisdiction; and
5. Recommends that member states establish special law enforcement divisions to investigate claims of forced marriage and communities that supposedly countenance such unions.